I love the brilliant colors in our Chinese crystal faceted round beads. The obvious choice to go with this metallic blue color would have been copper, but I wanted to mix it up a bit, so I paired it with antique brass beads and findings instead. The antique brass makes the blue that much more vibrant. I love it!
Shanna Steele, Aunties Beads Designer
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Cut a piece of beading wire measuring about 10 inches. String a crimp bead toward one end. Run your wire through half of the toggle then back down through the crimp bead. Crimp. Apply crimp cover.
- String the following pattern 9 times: brass bead, petal bead cap, crystal round, petal bead cap.
- String a brass bead and a crimp bead. Run your wire through the other half of the toggle then back down through the beads just strung. Crimp. Apply crimp cover. Cut excess wire.
- On a headpin, pick up a bead cap and a round bead. Make a loop. Attach the loop to the loop on the ring portion of the toggle. Wrap the wire and trim the excess.
Chinese Crystal 12mm Round Long Bead Strand, Metallic Blue (10 pieces)
Antique Brass 9mm Petal Bead Caps, Bag Of 10 (19 pieces)
Antique Brass 5mm Bead Strand (10 pieces)
Antique Brass Plated Tapered Toggle, 17mm
Antique Brass Head Pins with 2mm Ball, 21 Gauge, Bag of 25 (1 piece)
Antique Brass Crimp Bead Cover, 3mm, Bag of 20 (2 pieces)
Antique Brass Plated Recycled Copper Crimp Beads, Bag of 100 (2 pieces)
Beadalon 19-strand Wire, 30 ft., .018, Metallic Satin Gold (about 10 inches)
Designer Crimper Tool
Round Nose Pliers